Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Engage K-12 and higher education students and faculty in a dynamic academic experience focused on K-16 policy, practice, and research.


  • Students: Diversity, learning, and an emphasis on all aspects of the student experience, from connection to completion.
  • Program Quality: Maintaining, growing or creating quality programs, with an eye on innovation and adaptability.
  • Collegiality: Integrity, transparency, and mutual respect in interactions and communications.
  • Partnership: Internal and external collaborations to strengthen our viability and serve our stakeholders.

Our Programs

Principal Certification

In addition to our P.hD., graduate, and Leadership Certificate/Minor programs, we are proud to offer a Principal Certification program for those wanting to move into school leadership and administration.

ELPS Admissions

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ELPS Faculty and Staff Directory

To learn more about the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, visit our Faculty and Staff Directory.

ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund

To make a gift to our ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund, click the button below and select "ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund."

Field Resources, and Policy and Guidelines for Professional Dispositions

As required by Texas HB1508, applicants need to be aware of the following.

  1. In order to receive a teacher certification in Texas, you must pass a criminal history background check.
  2. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn this certification from the state of Texas.
  3. You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency prior to admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a $50 fee for this criminal history evaluation.

For more information on Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation: Click Here

  • Pursuant to the Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to employment as an educator.
  • Pursuant to the TEC, §22.0835, candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching.